Game Art & Design
|Area of study:
||Game Art & Design
||Advanced Diploma of Professional Game Development
||Early September Early September
|Hours per Week:
- Creative ability and potential (as demonstrated through portfolio)
- Good communication and teamwork skills
- Fundamental computer skills
- Passion and enthusiasm for 3D animation and visual effects
To apply for this course, please click here
The Advanced Diploma of Professional Game Development comprises two
years of full time training for students who want to
work as an
animator in the video games industry. The course has been designed in
consultation with Australian game developers
and delivers the most
up-to-date training in game creation.
In either Year 1 or Year 2, students must complete a series of life
drawing classes to extend their artistic skills. These classes do
incur an additional cost.
Year 1 is designed as a foundation year to
introduce students to the skills required to produce industry standard
3D modelling and animations. During this course, students are
introduced to the elements of the production process involved in making
a short animated film.
At the successful completion of Year 1,
students not choosing to continue their studies can exit with a
Certificate IV in Screen.
*July mid-year intake is delivered at an accelerated pace allowing students to progress into Year 2 the following February.
Students learn color theory and fundamentals of
design, focusing on animation and anatomy. This also allows students to
develop a greater understanding of proportion and perspective.
Students design and create their own virtual
environment fully furnished with 3D modeled and textured elements.
Students are introduced to the elements and tools
of 3D animation programs and gain fundamental training in user
interface & controls, simple building methods commonly used in 3D
art and the basics of modelling, texturing and animation.
Students create an animated 3D character; the process
begins with the development of concept art, followed by character
modelling, texturing and the animation of their character. This module
also covers the theory and practice of animation anatomy and movement
morphing, facial animation and Inverse Kinematics (IK) Animation
Students create photo-realistic images by combining
3D modelling with textures created in 2D software. Students will learn
how to create atmosphere and shading through the implementation of CG
industry lighting effects.
The final project is to produce a short animation
with characters, background scenery, lighting and effects. Students
start by planning their animation with concept art and storyboards,
modelling and animating their designs throughout the production
process, and finish by compositing sound/music and effects into the
Guided by industry experienced teachers, the
Advanced Diploma is delivered through project modules covering all
aspects of game creation currently employed in game development, as
well as new technologies currently being developed by the industry.
Students will further their skills in all aspects of 3D Graphics before
working on individual specializations in creating art assets for game
development. All facets of 3D games modelling and animation are covered,
including character creation, level design, environment modelling,
game design, concept art, animation and custom texturing.
In the second half of the year, animation and
programming students work together in a single development team to
design and produce a playable video game demo. The training environment
closely mirrors the real world production cycle as it would occur in
an industry development studio, covering the entire process from
pitching the game idea, through writing game design documents,
evaluating technical requirements, managing workload, meeting
milestones, delivering commercial quality artwork and animation,
bug-fixing, QA testing, focus groups, and market analysis of the game.
Students graduate at the end of Year 2 with an
extensive show reel of 3D modelling, animation and a complete game
level. The show-reel forms the basis of an industry standard portfolio
that they can take to prospective employers or demonstrate to
development studios at our end of year Industry Day.
Students will develop concept art and presentation
skills, featuring both character and environment design. These skills
are integral to the game development process, providing strong design
conventions that shape commercial 3D production.
Students learn to create custom textures to enhance
the aesthetic appeal and realistic appearance of in-game models.
Students develop advanced animation techniques to
create realistic movement in gameplay. This provides the skills and
experience for students to develop industry standard animations for
their show reel.
Introduces students to effective lighting techniques currently employed in the games industry.
Students take part in a comprehensive series of
industry presentations and networking events to promote strong
understandings of industry roles and business areas. This gives
students the opportunity to gain first hand knowledge of emergent
trends in the games industry.
Students will specialize in low-polygon modelling and optimizing artwork for original game characters, scenes and
environments, giving students the skills to create professional art
assets for their show reels.
Developing time management skills and working to
game design documents, students gain valuable skills in developing and
meeting team expectations and deadlines.
Please click HERE for our Student Handbook.
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